Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
When choosing holiday gifts, there are so many great items that are of interest to flower lovers.
A bouquet may only last for a week or so, but that isn’t the case with art prints. Now renowned designer Yukiko Neibert is offering archival quality art prints of her floral designs. An exhibition of her Ikebana and contemporary floral design art prints took place at the Smith Ranch Houses in Marin, California from August 29th through the month of September. For more details, please follow the link to the page on her website at the top right.
Flower lovers will find there are all sorts of flower-decorated items. The Monticello website and print catalog have many suitable gifts. One is a set of Floral Days of The Week Towels. Each one features a different flower, including tulip, sweet pea, sweet William, water lily, torch lily, marigold, and foxglove.
Monticello also has various kinds of flower decorated kitchen towels and things. Their kitchen towels and aprons depict a trio of flowers, including larkspur, sunflower, and foxglove.
You can also buy sets of Flower Domino cards from Monticello. This is reproduced from a set of 19th century original. They also offer sunflower drawer liners. These have a light cedar-sage scent.
From Monticello, you can also buy a wildflower tile tray featuring four hand-glazed tiles that are based on original water colors by Virginia artist Gail McIntosh. This tray depicts six of the plants from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Floral designers would love the special creek rocks with flower holders. These are honest to goodness natural rocks that come with a special cup designed to fit into the hollowed-out space in the stone. The rocks vary in size and natural colors.
For flower lovers, there are also Flower Lights. In a copper-like urn, these are suitable for use indoors and out. They are shaped just like flowers, and come in various colors, such as yellow and green.
Throughout the house, there are many opportunities to display things with floral themes. These include both decorative and functional items, such as trivets, napkin rings, linens, coasters, and even kitchen mats. Table runners, tablecloths, napkins, and kitchen towels are also possibilities as well as placemats, oven mitts, potholders, and aprons. I’ve seen some very beautiful napkin rings decorated with various kinds of flowers, such as sunflowers and pansies.
So far as welcome mats are concerned, there are any number of these that feature flowers and floral themes. Some even feature seasonal blossoms, such as spring bouquets.
Give a gift that lasts—something made from everlastings. Why not shop around on-line or locally for wreaths and other kinds of everlasting arrangements?
Fresh flowers are a welcome gift, especially during the holiday season. Now you can buy organic flowers and benefit non-profits at the same time. This is possible through the Flowers for Change website. The website is donating two per-cent of the purchase price to non-profits. This is being done in partnership with Organic Bouquet Inc., the very first online florist that specializes in organic flowers, and Working Assets, the credit card, long distance, and wireless company.
For floral designers who have cutting gardens, the best gift of all is an assortment of seeds from Renee’s Garden. These seeds are found at garden centers and nurseries and on Renee’s website. Renee’s specializes in the finest specialty flowers, gourmet herbs, and vegetables from all over the world. Each seed packet features complete instructions and a beautiful watercolor.
Make drying flowers easy by buying supplies that are needed for everlastings, such as silica gel. Flower presses are another great gift idea. Once the blooms are pressed, they can be used for many kinds of everlasting projects.
Gift certificates from local or online floral shops are always welcome. Then they can buy whatever kinds of flowers they want any time of the year.
Help floral designers learn more about their craft by paying for courses, workshops, and the like.
There are so many kinds of suitable floral supplies and materials that would make suitable gifts. What could be nicer than floral design aids? How about some ceramic frogs that can be used over and over? Why not buy an assortment of different ones, and put it in a gift basket? Items like floral clay, florist wire, flower picks, waterproof florist tape, and tools are always very helpful. You can never go wrong if you buy vases and other containers for flowers, such as candle vases. There is also an Oasis design ring that can be used for living wreaths. Bags of decorative pebbles, glass beads, and similar items are also very useful for floral design.
Make it easier for flower lovers to keep in touch, and I’m not talking about email. Nothing beats postcards. John Baer’s Sons has just the thing. For the holiday season, they’re offering old fashioned Christmas postcards. The set includes four different Christmas scenes from historical engravings. You’ll be amazed at how different St. Nick looked way back when.
Baer’s also offers art postcards with the paintings of Charles Demuth, a renowned artist from Lancaster, PA. The paintings include Valentine, which he sent to his mother in 1933, and Pink Tulips, one of the last works he completed. This was on his easel when he died.
Keep extra sets of Baer’s postcards around to use as last minute gifts, hostess gifts, and stocking stuffers.
Baer’s has also released a delightful book presenting the story of Charles Demuth and his artist friends, which included some of the best known names in the art world like Georgia O’Keeffe. “Charles Demuth and Friends” by Gerald S. Lestz is available as a paperback.